Futuristic Refurbishments for local school

The exterior of the Centre of Excellence

Gone are the days of stuffy regimented classrooms with bored students falling at asleep at their desks. Classrooms nowadays are about bright, flexible, multi functional spaces, with collaborative learning areas and this is exactly what the new $19.9m Centre of Excellence at Ferny Grove State High School delivers. 

Yesterday Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Education Minister Grace Grace and Ferny Grove MP Mark Furner visited the Centre of Excellence to open the three-storey building which was delivered under the Government’s 2020 Ready Program.

The Premier said the centre’s modern resources and equipment were giving students the chance to discover a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

“This new centre is nothing short of world-class,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Education Minister Grace Grace and Ferny Grove MP Mark Furner with Ferny Grove State High School Principal John Schuh

Ferny Grove State High School Principal John Schuh said the entire school community welcomed the new facilities. It’s not hard to see why. You could be fooled for thinking the centre is a university or high end private school with it’s exceptional contemporary facilities that include; 22 new classrooms, three flexible learning areas, four science labs, five collaborative spaces, staff rooms, offices and amenities. In addition, there is a specialist STEM studio, fully equipped with cutting edge equipment such as; Holographic wall mounted projector, 3D printers, laser cutters and whiteboard tables, all of which future-proof this school for years to come.

Colour plays an important role in emotion, productivity, communication and learning, and you can see this in the classrooms. Bright furniture takes pride of place in these modern spaces. There is no monotone layout, with classrooms displaying a variety of alignments and designs that dictates the type of learning that will be carried out. For example, there is the ‘Donut Room’ with circular desks and the ‘Stadium room’ with tiered seating (and it is reported that students fight over the ‘Ottomans’ at the front of class!). Furthermore, the wide hallways not only channel the breezes that keep the centre cool, but they can also become learning spaces in their own right.

To achieve flexibility, the architects designed the classroom with movable furniture and walls allowing for classes to be easily reconfigured to accommodate different class sizes or subjects. Many classes boost concertina doors, which allows for a classroom to be joined with another. This leads to a cooperative learning space, or even an exam hall when several classes are joined together!

The architects used a great deal of symbolism from the sciences in the design of the Centre of Excellence. The colour of Sodium can be see in the interior walls, light fixtures are in the design of a DNA Helix and parts of the periodic table adorn the wide hallways. All these symbolism echo the true function of this facility.

To live up to its reputation as a truly multi-functional space, the centre even boosts a contemporary café. This recent addition is solely operated by the students and serves everything from smoothies to muffins to juices. It is completely cashless with ‘Point Of Sale’ allowing for payments. This not only creates a community hub within the school, but also an aid for students in the completion of their Certificate 3 in Hospitality.

With the rapid expansion of Ferny Grove State High School catchment area, the Palaszczuk Government has allocated $33.1M to the school. Not only does this include the Centre Of Excellence, but also the construction of a $12.1 million sports and performing arts centre at the school.

“The new centre will include two multi-purpose courts, performance stage, box office and foyer, along with a wide range of support spaces and offices,” Ms Grace said.

“This project will also include the refurbishment and extension of the school’s administration building. Both will be ready for the start of the 2021 school year.”

Needless to say, the future is looking very bright for our local students with this exceptional school right on our doorstep.

Many classes boost tiered seating, with Ottoman’s becoming prime property amongst the students!
Hallways are functional spaces within the Centre of Excellence. Image also shows one of the DNA Helix light fixtures.
Classrooms display a variety of alignments and designs that dictates the type of learning that will be carried out. For example, this is the ‘Donut Room’ with circular desks.



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